After listening to the wistful and nostalgic tone of Francis Poulenc’s Mélancolie, it may not surprise you to know that it was composed in 1940, while Poulenc was living in war torn France. This performance is by Neil Rutman for Noontime Concerts, which streams a new concert from its archives every Tuesday at 12:30.
If the Kitt sisters could answer that question, they would tell you yes. Known for their covers of rock songs like Sound of Silence, Fear in the Dark, and One, twins Camille and Kennerly both have degrees in Harp Performance, and arrange their own covers and original songs. They’ve released six albums, and traveled the world performing and as culture ambassadors for the United States.
I love finding classical covers of rock songs. There’s something about putting the two contrasting music styles together that almost feels taboo or illicit. There are a lot of musicians giving their favorite band’s songs a classical arrangement, but this version of System of a Down’s Chop Suey, played on a white Baroque Baby Grand Piano in a Bosendorger Showroom by Ukrainian pianist Vika, is one of my favorites. Vika writes all of her own arrangements, and posts some on flowkey for other musicians to try. If your not familiar with the song, the original System of a Down video is below hers for contrast.
This summer I’ve been locked in a battle of epic proportions with my building’s management company over the air conditioning. Despite the fact that everyone in the office is walking around and sweaters, I can’t get them to raise the temp above 69 degrees. It may not sound very cold, but it feels frigid after sitting at a desk for eight hours! Consequently, I prefer eating my lunch outside on the patio, headphones on, catching up on blogs I follow while I enjoy some fresh air and thaw out. This week I’ve been listing to a witchy playlist inspired by Netflix’s The Chilling Adventure’s of Sabrina, which I’ve been catching up on in the mornings before work. It’s definitely making me pine for fall and Halloween! Check out my playlist, and comment below if you have a witchy song you would add! Witchy Playlist A Little Wicked, Valerie Broussard I Put a Spell on You, Brigitte Wickens Teeth, Lady Gaga Suspiria, Goblin Cry Little Sister, Marilyn Manson Circles Out of Salt, Snow Ghosts Black Magic Woman, VCTRYS The Way That I Feel, Danielle Parente Empire, Shakira Bad Things, Jace …
Even though my site is on hiatus for another week, and I’ve already sang the praises of Game of Thrones’ musical score last week, I couldn’t resist posting a few musical tributes. The first is 2Cellos performance of a melody of Game of Thrones music, the second a live performance of Light of the Seven, and third is the Bellagio’s Game of Thrones Fountain show in Las Vegas.
I love Disturbed’s cover of Sound of Silence, and this orchestral version by Lucas King is also melancholy but at the same time beautiful.
I wrote last Wednesday about my preference for breaking up Christmas carols with songs that remind me of winter. Toms Mucenieks is well known on YouTube for rearranging sad versions of classic songs, and his morose version of Jingle Bells is another one you can mix in to break up all those cheerful Christmas tunes.
Sergei Polunin teamed up with director David LaChapelle in 2015 to create a stunning video of Polunin dancing to Hozier’s Take Me to Church. The video has since gained over 25 million views. Hozier recently paired with Polunin for the video for his lastest single, Movement. The video features three versions of him dancing through an abandoned warehouse.
Julie Gautier is a free diver, cinematographer, and directer best known for co-directing the Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin music video Runnin. Her latest short movie, AMA, named for Japanese pearl divers, premiered back in March of this year. Filmed in one breath, it features a beautifully choreographed dance performed at the bottom of the Y40, the deepest pool in the world. Gautier features the classical piano piece Rain, in Your Black Eyes, by Ezio Bosso.
Life, wherever it reveals itself; truth, no matter how bitter; bold, sincere speech with people—these are my leaven, these are what I want, this is where I am afraid of missing the mark. –Modest Mussorgsky